Industrial Hemp is one of the most dependable and sustainable natural fibers on earth. In fact, hemp fibers have been discovered in tombs as far back as 8,000 B.C. and have a rich history embedded in the foundation of most modern civilizations. Hemp fibers produced for textiles help limit the harmful chemicals that are being spewed into the environment in the production of competing fibers and provide the world an alternative to the “less than healthy” products on the market today.
Hemp fibers are one of the most versatile textiles in use today. They are two to three times more durable than cotton fibers and without diminishing on comfort. The finished material is fire resistant and naturally porous, which means better insulation for your body heat in the winter and it “breathes”, keeping you cool in the summer. It is naturally resistant to mold and ultraviolet light providing a barrier from the sun’s harmful rays.
Hemp textile fibers offer numerous qualities that make it a superior option to growing cotton. Hemp has a more positive impact on the environment compared to cotton, as it uses a fraction of the water, requires less fertilizer, herbicides or pesticides, and will produce the same amount of fiber in half the acreage.
Hemp textiles can produce almost anything: clothes, shoes, canvas for painting, rope, paper, curtains, bed sheets, pillows, blankets, backpacks, books, building materials, bio-composites, etc. In most cases hemp materials are stronger and last longer than current conventional materials.